Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act (HB 24)
This law was last updated on May 4, 2017
HB 24 would prohibit the state from discriminating against child placing agencies on the basis that the provider declines to provide a child placement that conflicts with the religious beliefs of the provider.
The bill would prohibit the state from refusing to license or otherwise discriminate or take an adverse action against any child placing agency that is licensed by or required to be licensed by the state for child placing services on the basis that the child placing agency declines to make, provide, facilitate, or refer for a placement in a manner that conflicts with, or under circumstances that conflict with, the sincerely held religious beliefs of the child placing agency.
The bill describes “adverse action” as any of the following:
- Taking an enforcement action against the entity;
- Refusing to issue a license;
- Refusing to renew a license;
- Revoking a license; or
- Suspending a license.
The law would not apply to agencies that accept state or federal money.
HB 24 would allow private child adoption and foster placement agencies the right to discriminate in, or refuse, the services they offer (such as child placement) to LGBTQ families and children.
Companion bill to SB 145.
Passed the house on March 16, 2017, by a 60-14 vote.
Passed the senate on April 18, 2017, by a 23-9 vote.
Final passage in the house on April 25, 2017, by a 87-0 vote.
Signed by Gov. Kay Ivery (R) on May 3, 2017.